Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Why Your 'Strong' Password Isn't That Strong

The man responsible for most of your password headaches was wrong, and he's sorry Password guru has new advice for keeping your data safe
Terence Owen | 10 August, 2017, 00:29

It would take three days in average to decode one of those, whereas another with 20 characters or so would take more than 500 years at the same rate. Use upper and lower case letters.

Businesses should heed the new standards, using them to inform their corporate password policies. Be extra vigilant in protecting your online banking password. He also said people should change their passwords regularly.

But, they are wrong.

. "Some of these practices include irregular capitalization, using special characters such as a "!" or a "@" and including one number. Your password doesn't become more hackable because it's been in use for more than 180 days. The government does not protect unclassified systems the same way it does Top Secret infrastructure, and neither should you.

It's tough to create a good, secure password.

Users should build passwords with four random words strung together, instead of a single word with random numbers and characters.

"Much of what I did I now regret", 72-year-old Burr, who is now retired told the Wall Street Journal.

What's more, recent spates of hacking have highlighted that people are not as original as they think. For users, the system is more convenient and faster than typing a password - with identity verification usually completed within one second.

Long, easy-to-remember phrases now get the nod over insane characters, and users should be forced to change passwords only if there is a sign they may have been stolen, says NIST, the federal agency that helps set industrial standards in the U.S. Most passwords, by necessity, look something like this: Password1!.

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While my experience is anecdotal, there has reportedly been a measurable decline in user engagement and usage due to onerous, and ultimately, it turns out, ineffective and needlessly extravagant password requirements.

Some phones have built-in software to manage passwords.

It would be nice if legitimate businesses never asked people their passwords over the phone; but, some do so on a regular basis. Here is some of the latest advice on setting and resetting them. Bank websites, social media sites and others online are doing this already. "Changing Pa55word!1 to Pa55word!2 doesn't keep the hackers at bay", notes the Journal's Robert McMillan. So, Password1 becomes Password2 and so on.

Passwords should be changed if they have been put at risk by a breach or the like, but changing them frequently may be counterproductive.

Some people actually post their new passwords on their computer.

The new set of rules are not recommended to be adopted by any organisation immediately.

Burr said the guidelines first published in 2003 ultimately led people to create passwords that could easily be cracked by hackers, such as Password123!

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